The benefits of partnership-centred care

A partnership approach to care offers a wide range of benefits for each partner-in-care.

These benefits range from practical outcomes, such as improved wellbeing, to better compliance with legislative requirements.

Scroll down to find out more about what outcomes this approach provides for Harry and each of his partners-in-care.

Image of Harry Outcomes for older people include:
  • more positive health and wellbeing outcomes
  • more access to information, which enables greater choice and involvement in decision-making
  • a better balance between rights, risks and choices
  • greater independence
  • increased satisfaction with care
  • stronger and more trusting relationships with others
  • a happier and more optimistic outlook.
Outcomes for friends and family members include: Image of Sarah, Pietro and Jetson
  • the continuation of quality relationships
  • greater confidence that the older person is being well cared for in a safe environment
  • helping to establish an appropriate care plan for the older person
  • contributing towards positive outcomes for the older person
  • the ability to advocate for the older person
  • more open communication with the older person’s healthcare teams
  • feeling more included and useful in the care of an older person.
Image of Jim and Jan Outcomes for staff include:
  • building the skills and experience to better care for older people
  • providing individualised care and support
  • contributing to the health, safety and wellbeing of all partners-in-care
  • greater opportunities to collaborate with others
  • better quality outcomes, including feeling more valued and having clearer accountability
  • improved morale and greater job satisfaction
  • building a team approach that facilitates communication and respect between all partners.
Outcomes for managers include: Image of Rosie
  • ensuring safe, quality and sustainable care
  • meeting organisational, compliance and legislative requirements
  • improving organisational performance
  • meeting budget and activity targets
  • providing a safe and healthy working environment
  • better service delivery, including education, training, equipment, policy implementation and reviews
  • better resource management.

Your task

Based on the outcomes for each partner-in-care listed above, join the discussion to debate what you think the pros and cons of a partnership-centred approach to care might be.

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Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

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